Artist’s Talk with mixed media painter L Scooter Morris: The Tipping Point, Saturday May 13, 3-4pm
Exhibition continues through May 28.
I am a sensory illusionist. My work, which is called Sculpted Paintings, is the integration of color, light, and texture with many surface variations and includes mixed media.
I use texture with the concept of giving an impression of what actually exists and allow the viewer to bring their own conception and memories to the experience of the moment. At first you see the whole picture, but upon closer inspection, a world of detail is revealed.
In my political work, at first glance, you see an image, perhaps an iconic symbol that seems familiar (the flag, hearts, stars, or other symbols), but when you look closer the detail is revealed, giving meaning to those symbols and to the work as a whole.
Sometimes these images are a reflection of current events. Sometimes they are a reflection of my conscience, concern, or consideration. Artists are frequently asked, “What does it mean?” Although there is the artist’s intention behind the work, there is also the meaning the viewer has upon seeing the work. Combined, the work’s meaning is elevated.
The project I am working on is called Tipping Point. The Sculpted Paintings in this project are based on the political issues that affect everyone. Yet, after the most recent decisions, I am expanding the premise to include the very harsh reality facing women at this time. This includes a women’s right to choose, equal pay, and simply, the right to have an equal place in the world. Women have the distinction of weaving the world together without receiving the credit for their time, talent, or ability. We toil to be accepted as equal and until recently our efforts are seen as less than any man.
Many of my paintings are seen as political images, but I strive to create work that speaks to all of our collective struggles as humans in a complicated world.
I was lucky to have grown up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where there were incredible arts programs, including through the Carnegie Museum. I began my arts education through public education and in the museum programs. Later, I attended Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. I left school for a year to move to Los Angeles, California and received my B.F.A. from University of Southern California. Subsequently, I took post graduate courses at UCLA. After, moving to New Mexico, I was greatly influenced by the atmosphere and environment and that influenced me to evolve the style of painting I call, Sculpted Paintings. There is the artist’s intention behind the work, there is also the meaning the viewer has upon seeing the work. Combined, the work’s meaning is elevated.
I work primarily on created surfaces that are acrylic and canvas on canvas and varying texture and usually employing mixed media. It gives me the freedom to work fast or slow and I am able to make choices about employing mixed media.
The flag as an iconic image, touches almost everyone in a personal way, it begs further exploration. The work has taken on a life of its own through these paintings and I am intrigued with the possibilities of where it could go and what it could become. This past year I began a new series of paintings called, The Money Pieces. These paintings combine the materials and iconic references of money landscape images, the flag, and other more personal images. In one piece called Money to Burn, I have a bonfire burning paper money, bills blowing through the air and Money that is growing on the trees. Some incorporate the United States Flag, but I am working on using the flag of other countries also, as it wrestles with the politics of world leaders, currency, and changing norms.